12 "I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need."
Philippians 4:12 (ESV)
I find it so interesting that one of the most highly quoted Bible verses in the sports world is preceded by Paul's explanation of being content. He wasn't talking about a marathon, maxing out, or a tough game.
No, what Paul was saying to the church of Philippi was that whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want, he had learned the secret of being content.
Athlete, the secret to being content is to look to God who gives us strength.
In the win, the extra rep, the marathon – continue to glorify God, for He gives you your ability, your strength and your passion.
But, athlete, this verse says that in all circumstances and outcomes, you can have contentment because your God gives you the strength to do so.
Reflection: In what things do you need God's strength in order to be content?
Challenge: Ask Him for strength today and every day.